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You can count on P. Gagnon & Son for expert boiler installation and service!

boiler service maine Home heating systems can be broadly classified into two categories: forced air or hydronic.
A furnace is a forced-air heating system. A boiler is hydronic.

P. Gagnon & Son is your boiler installation, maintenance, and repair specialist for oil-fired and gas-fired boilers. With our cost-effective service plans, you can set your mind at ease because we offer an annual maintenance tune-up to keep your boiler running smoothly and efficiently, saving you money on heating costs. Plus, many of our plans cover the cost of parts and labor for boiler repairs if something does go wrong down the line.

Here is some crucial information about boilers for those of you who have one in your home.

How a boiler works

People often mistake boilers for water heaters, but they are not the same. Some water heaters use a home’s heating system, but there are distinct differences between the two types of equipment.

A boiler is a system that uses water to generate heat and circulates it around your home. It is a closed-loop system, which means it does not need fresh water brought into it and the water inside a boiler does not need to be potable.

The components of a boiler include:

A boiler-based heating system is not just the boiler. There are also baseboards, pipes, radiators, and a circulator pump. The boiler heats the water and then, depending on which type of system it is, releases the hot water or steam throughout pipes connecting to radiators located in various rooms of your home. The hot water or steam passes quickly through the radiator tubes’ thick metal walls to distribute heat evenly throughout the room. The water or steam that has cooled and condensed back into liquid form is directed through the boiler’s piping system back to restart the whole process.

What are signs my boiler has a problem?

Professional maintenance by P. Gagnon & Son is key to keeping your boiler running smoothly, but sometimes issues can still arise during heating season. If you see any of the following problems, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can send out a service technician.

Get your home’s boiler ready for the cold winter ahead by scheduling an annual maintenance tune-up today. By enrolling in a boiler service plan now, you can make sure your family stays comfortable all season long. Contact P. Gagnon & Son today to get started!

P. Gagnon & Son can take care of all things related to your home’s furnace

furnaces maine P. Gagnon & Son provides expert furnace installation, maintenance, and repairs with our team of trained and experienced service technicians.

Thanks to our propane and heating oil delivery services, you don’t have to worry about your furnace running out of fuel in the middle of winter. We’ll make sure it always has enough to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable.

So, you have a furnace in your home. But what do you really know about it? Get to know your furnace better with these commonly asked questions.

What is a furnace and how does it heat my home?

A furnace is an appliance that creates and circulates warm air to heat your home. The first attempt at a central heating system was done in ancient Rome. It was called a hypocaust and was used for heating baths and other public buildings. It then became a status symbol for the wealthy and was used throughout Europe and Africa. The hypocaust, however, proved to be dangerous because of the risk of fire or suffocation.

The furnace is one of the oldest types of heating systems still in use today. Alice Parker invented and patented the modern central heating system in 1919, which went on to the creation of the furnace systems we use now. Furnaces were traditionally powered by coal and wood, but today they use heating oil, propane, natural gas or electricity.

Your furnace will automatically kick on when the indoor temperature falls below the desired setting on your thermostat.

The burner is where your fuel is combusted. The heat exchanger is where the combusted fuel heats the air coming into the furnace through the vent. The blower fan distributes that air throughout your home using your ductwork.

Furnace maintenance tips

You can help your furnace run efficiently and safely in three ways.

The first way is to get an annual maintenance tune-up for your furnace from our skilled service technicians. We will clean and tune up every component of your furnace to ensure that it is running at its best efficiency, which helps save you money on energy costs. A tune-up also allows us to spot any problems and fix them before they become worse, breakdowns occur, and repair bills add up.

A service plan from P. Gagnon & Son for your furnace not only provides an annual tune-up but also covers many parts and labor costs associated with furnace repair, making it a wise investment in the longevity of your furnace.

The third way to take care of your furnace is by regularly changing the air filter. Dirty, clogged air filters reduce your furnace’s efficiency and can lead to damage of parts in your furnace. Check your filter at least once a month and change it as needed.

How long do furnaces last?

A furnace typically lasts 10-15 years, but consistent professional maintenance by the trained and skilled P. Gagnon & Son service technicians can help increase its lifespan.

There will come a time, however, when furnace replacement is needed. Older furnaces tend to become less efficient over time, especially if they haven’t been maintained properly. A new furnace will start paying for itself through lower energy costs from the moment its installed. If you’re debating whether to repair or replace your existing furnace and the repairs would cost more than half of a replacement, going with the latter option is better from a monetary standpoint.

Trust P. Gagnon & Son with your furnace needs. Contact us for a FREE estimate.

Trust P. Gagnon & Son with your water heater installation and service!

water heater service maine The average life expectancy of a conventional storage-tank water heater is between 10 and 12 years. If your water heater is approaching or is at that age, now is the time to begin planning for its successor.

P. Gagnon & Son can handle all your water heater needs, with expert water heaterinstallation, maintenance, and repairs. Our affordable service plans also help protect your new water heater and help to shield you from big repair bills.

Let’s run through the three main types of water heaters on the market.

Storage tank water heaters

A regular tank water heater stores and heats large quantities of water so it’s readily available whenever you need it. The pipe on top of the tank transports hot water to where it’s needed, like the dishwasher, shower, or washing machine.

If you’re looking to save money on your energy bill, replacing your old tank water heater with a new one is a great option. Tank water heaters are affordably priced and easy to install, making them a popular choice among homeowners.

Tankless water heaters

A standard tank water heater stores all the hot water your home has at any given time. It has to regularly heat and reheat the water throughout the day and night so that you have hot water whenever you need it.

A tankless water heater only heats water when you need it, as opposed to continuously heating an entire tank of water. This provides endless hot water without the worry of how much is in the tank.

A tankless water heater has the potential to lower your water heating energy costs by up to 40%. Since Water heating typically accounts for about 20% of your total energy bill, you could see some significant savings!

Tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of 20 years or more, twice as long as traditional tank water heaters.

Indirect water heaters

These types of systems heat your water using your home’s heating system.

Indirect water heating systems are very energy efficient, especially during the heating season. However, they need to be connected to your home’s heating system. This makes installation more expensive than conventional and tankless water heaters.

How to tell if you need a new water heater

The best time for water heater replacement is when you’re not forced into it by a water heater failure. This gives you time to consider your options and be confident in your choice of a new water heater.

Water heater failure doesn’t come out of nowhere. There are almost always telltale signs leading up to it, which is why you should check your water heater regularly. If you see any of the following, give P. Gagnon & Son a call so we can send someone over for repair service:

P. Gagnon & Son is here to help you with all your water heating needs. Get a FREE estimate for your new water heater!

Learn all about heating your home with oil!

heating oil supplier maine If you have recently moved into a home that uses heating oil, you may have a lot of questions.

P. Gagnon & Son is here to help! We’re your full-service heating oil company, with dependable heating oil delivery and oil-fired equipment service. We’ve answered some common questions so you can better get to know heating oil.

Is heating oil cost-effective?

Heating oil is probably the most cost-effective energy source for home heating. First of all, today’s high-efficiency oil-fired heating systems are much more efficient than just a decade or so ago, reaching efficiencies over 95%. Second, heating oil gets your home warm faster than any other energy source.

Is heating oil safe?

Yes! Heating oil must be heated to 140°F in order to be vaporized and combusted in your furnace or boiler. Also, today’s heating oil tanks have been improved with double-walled tanks to help prevent leaks along with built-in alarms that prevent overfilling. P. Gagnon & Son offers tank protection to help keep your oil tank even safer.

Is heating oil clean?

Today’s heating oil is exponentially cleaner than the heating oil of just a generation ago. First, all heating oil sold in Maine is ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO). P. Gagnon & Son goes the extra mile by delivering premium fuel that includes environmentally friendly biodiesels as well as UltraGuard, an additive that protects your heating oil tank and your heating system.

How do I make sure I always have heating oil?

Getting heating oil delivery is a piece of cake when you enroll in Automatic Delivery! We use the latest software that accurately calculates when you’ll need more heating oil by factoring in your usage history and current weather conditions. We then schedule a delivery, so you have a full tank before you run low.

If you choose Will-Call for your heating oil delivery, you need to check your heating oil tank gauge frequently, so you know when to contact us to request a delivery. We strongly recommend that you do not let your tank gauge fall below 25% full before requesting a delivery. Here’s how to read your tank gauge.

On top of your heating oil tank, look for the transparent plastic tube with markings on it that resemble car fuel gauge numbers: F, ¾, ½, and so on. There is a red marker or a float inside the tube that informs you how much heating oil is in the tank.

How do I take care of my heating system?

Your home’s furnace or boiler needs regular, professional maintenance so it runs at its best possible efficiency. These annual tune-ups not only save you money on energy costs but also help to prevent breakdowns because the skilled service technicians at P. Gagnon & Son have the chance to detect and fix any problems before they get worse. We make taking care of your furnace or boiler easy with our affordable heating oil service plans, all of which include not only a tune-up but discounts on many parts and labor costs for repairs.

What size heating oil tank do I need?

The most common sizes of heating oil tanks are 275 and 340 gallons. These are sufficient for most residential settings.

Become a P. Gagnon & Son customer to get reliable heating oil delivery for your home!

Get the benefits of propane with reliable delivery from P. Gagnon & Son!

about propane maineIf you have propane in your home, you likely know that it’s a great, versatile energy source.

Beyond that, you may not know much about propane. We’re here to help with more information about it.

What is propane made of?

Propane’s full name is liquified petroleum gas (LPG). The chemical formula for propane is C₃H₈. It was first discovered by Edmund Ronalds, an English academic and industrial chemist, in 1864 while researching volatile chemicals in Pennsylvania light crude oil. The next big advancement in propane came in 1910 by American chemist Walter O. Snelling, who worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines out of Pittsburgh. Snelling conducted research into gasoline evaporation and storage and found that certain evaporating gases could be changed into liquids. Out of all the gases, propane was most plentiful. Snelling then created a method to bottle the liquid gas, ultimately leading to the creation of the propane industry. He went on to sell the patent for propane to Frank Philips, founder of Philips Petroleum, for $50,000 three years later. That’s about $1.4 million in today’s money.

There is something in propane that does not occur naturally. Because propane has no odor on its own, an odorant, usually ethyl mercaptan, is added during processing. This odorant, the smell of which is commonly described as being like rotten eggs, is added to help make propane leaks easier to detect. If you smell that odor in your home, follow propane safety best practices and get everyone out of the house right away. Once safely away, call 911 and P. Gagnon & Son.

Where does my propane come from?

Approximately 70% of the domestic propane supply is created as a by-product of natural gas processing in the United States and Canada. The recent increase of shale gas being extracted has aided to meet this demand. Another source of our propane supply comes from crude oil refining.

Processing natural gas produces liquid components, such as propane, butane, methane, and ethane. Propane is then distributed through pipelines, tankers, ships, trains, and trucks to bulk distribution facilities. The distributors then send it to local suppliers like P. Gagnon & Son. We then provide safe and reliable propane delivery to homes and businesses in South Berwick, Ogunquit, and other communities in our service area.

Is propane good for the environment?

Propane is a clean-burning fossil fuel that was recognized as an alternative energy in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy. Propane is not a greenhouse gas because, unlike natural gas, it does not contain methane. In the rare event of a leak, propane has no detrimental impact on the air, soil, water, aquatic life, marine life, or plant life.

Today’s high-efficiency propane heating systems and other propane appliances such as water heaters have efficiency ratings of 95% or higher. That efficiency, along with propane’s cleaner burning, allows you to shrink your home’s carbon footprint without having to sacrifice one bit of comfort or convenience.

Get all the benefits of propane in your home with reliable delivery from P. Gagnon & Son. Become a customer today!

Enjoy your back yard well into the fall

propane heaters maine

Summer seemed to go by so fast this year. It seems like just yesterday we were heading to the beach and now pumpkin spice lattes are back and the leaf-peepers will be here soon.

A sad part of summer’s end is that the outdoor living season is also winding down. Many of us are not ready to exchange clambakes and backyard cookouts for being stuck inside.

We have good news for you: Even though summer is drawing to a close, you don’t have to put an end to summer fun in your backyard thanks to propane and propane outdoor appliances! We’ll show you how propane lets you enjoy your great outdoors even after summer ends.

Keep the grilling going

More than 60% of grill owners in the U.S. own a gas grill. There are many reasons for that. Grilling with propane is easier and faster than a charcoal grill, and you get better results! Because of the speed and ease of propane grilling, it’s easy to continue to grill once summer is over. Some people even use their propane grills to make the Thanksgiving turkey!

Did you know that you can connect a propane grill to your home’s propane tank? You will never have to lug cylinders for exchange or refill again or worry about your cylinder running out of gas in the middle of a cookout.

Stay warm and comfortable outside

From September to November, the average high temperature in our area drops from around 70° down below 50°. Don’t let a little chill in the air force you back inside!

With propane deck and patio heaters, you can continue to use your deck or patio for outdoor dining. Propane outdoor fireplaces and firepits let you hang out in your backyard with friends and family, or just by yourself with a good book and a mug of coffee.

Continue using your pool or spa

Don’t get out the pool cover just yet! With propane pool and spa heaters, you can enjoy using your pool long after the leaves start turning.

Propane pool and spa heaters are vastly superior to electric ones. For starters, they get your pool warm in a fraction of the time it takes electric models and offer outstanding energy efficiency.

If you have a spa tub, a propane heater lets you fire it up and get the water hot quickly so you can enjoy a nice, relaxing soak after a long day no matter how chilly it is outside.

Light up your nights

One of the hardest parts about saying goodbye to summer is seeing the sun go down earlier and earlier.
Propane outdoor lighting lets you enjoy your backyard at night. You can use it to light the area around your pool, walkways, and more. It casts a warm, inviting glow that is much more attractive than harsh electric lights.

P. Gagnon & Son is the Seacoast Region’s leader in dependable propane delivery and service. Become a customer today!

P. Gagnon’s SimplePay and price protection plans can help you do just that

fuel payments maineThis has been a stressful year when it comes to the cost of living. Groceries, clothes, gas for the car, the price for everything has been on a roller coaster.

That has also held true for the cost of propane and heating oil and has many of our customers worried as they head into heating season this coming winter. Fortunately, P. Gagnon & Son is here to help with pricing and payment options that can cut your winter heating bills by up to 50%!

SimplePay: Make paying your bills simple!

The SimplePay monthly budget program is available for both heating oil and propane.

Here’s how it works: Your heating oil or propane costs are spread out over 12 easy, affordable, even monthly payments. Rather than being hit with four or five large bills at once in the fall and winter, when a single delivery might cost $850 or more, you’d spread your payments out evenly over 2023. You know exactly what you’ll need to pay in advance. Even if it’s extremely cold and you have two deliveries each month, you’ll just pay the regular payment.

Not only does SimplePay make your winter payments easier, but it also makes managing your household expenses easier. Because you know how much you’ll be paying each month, you will be better able to plan your monthly household budget.

Price protection: Keep your costs under control!

P. Gagnon & Son offers multiple options when it comes to controlling the price you pay for heating oil and propane.

Customers who enrolled last year in price protection plans saved money last heating season because they had their fuel pricing set before big inflation spikes and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Let’s run through each plan so you can determine which one is right for you.

SimplePay/Price Cap: No matter what direction oil prices go, you’re protected. Plus, your heating oil bills are divided into 12 smaller payments so they’re more manageable.

PrePay/Price Cap: Write one check to us and you’re done paying heating oil bills for the winter! You’ll pay the market rate on the day you enroll or your capped price, whichever is lower.

Flex Plan: If you don’t want to enroll in a price protection plan but still want to save money, Flex Plan is for you! Pay for your heating oil up front for the whole season and you’ll receive a 25-cent discount from our posted price.

Fixed Price: Lock in your heating oil or propane price per gallon ahead of heating season and your price will not change, no matter what.

Do you have questions about Simple Pay or our price protection plans? Get in touch with us today!

Make sure your A/C is ready to run next year!

air conditioning new hampshireWith Labor Day weekend approaching, we can see the end of summer on the horizon. That means it is time to start thinking about taking care of your home’s central air conditioning system before it goes on its winter vacation.

There’s more to do than flip the switch on your thermostats to “fan” or “heat.” A little effort now will ensure that your air conditioning system will be in good running order when warm weather returns next year.

Scale back your A/C usage

Although we may still require our air conditioners as fall gets closer, it’s important that we break the habit of leaving them on all day and all night. Doing these three things will help give your air conditioning a break and lower your energy costs at the same time.

Turn up the thermostat. Just by setting your thermostat to 78˚ instead of 74˚, you can help reduce energy consumption. You probably won’t notice a difference in comfort, but it’ll make a world of difference for running the air conditioning less and cutting your energy bills.

Use your ceiling fans. By circulating the air, you may be able to avoid turning on the air conditioning altogether and still stay comfortable.

Open the windows. If it gets cool in the evenings, open windows and use ceiling fans and other fans to circulate the cool air around the house and reduce your need to run the A/C.

Do some fall cleaning outside

Airflow around the air conditioning unit may be blocked by grass clippings, branches, twigs, plants, and weeds. This can create wear and tear on the unit as well as the damage it. Take a few minutes to clean anything off the machine and make sure there is at least a foot of clear space all around the A/C unit.

Make sure the A/C is tuned up

Even if your air conditioning system is in excellent working order, it still needs an annual maintenance tune-up to ensure that it is operating at maximum efficiency. Late summer into early fall is the perfect time for P. Gagnon & Son’s skilled service professionals to not only give it its tune-up, but also thoroughly inspect it, and identify and fix issues before they become major. We can also let you know if your A/C is reaching the end of its life so you can begin planning to replace it. 
You’ll be ahead of the game next year because you won’t have to try and get the A/C serviced when everyone else is, too!

Change the air filter

If you haven’t changed your air filter in three months or more, now is the time. Air filters shouldn’t go longer than three months without being replaced and should be swapped out even sooner if someone in your home has allergies or respiratory conditions like asthma or COPD.

Contact P. Gagnon & Son to schedule your home’s air conditioning system tune-up!

Get the reliable and courteous service you deserve!

fuel delivery maineIf you’ve been shopping around for a heating oil, propane, or HVAC service company for your Seacoast Region home, you’ve seen that you have options.

For many of your neighbors, the top option for generations has been P. Gagnon & Son, because they have seen the difference a longstanding, local company can make when it comes to dependable, quality service.

The advantages P. Gagnon & Son offer

History. P. Gagnon & Son have deep roots in this area. The Gagnon family has been in business serving local residents since 1904. Our commitment to top-quality service for our neighbors is why we have customers who have been with us for decades and the children and grandchildren of customers becoming P. Gagnon & Son customers.

Complete service. Managing your home’s fuel, heating, cooling, and comfort equipment needs is easier when you have a one-stop shop for it all. With P. Gagnon & Son, you get heating oil and propane delivery you can count on, as well as expert installation and service of heating systems, central air conditioning and ductless mini-splits, water heaters, and programmable thermostats.

Dependability. Unlike discounters, P. Gagnon & Son has longstanding relationships with our fuel suppliers as well as large storage facilities for our heating oil and propane supplies. Our fleet of fuel delivery trucks are well maintained, and our dispatch team is dedicated to prompt, safe, and efficient delivery of your heating oil and propane. When you need us, we’re there!

Responsiveness. Being a hometown business, we know this area in a way that no big, national fuel company can. Whether you live in North Berwick or North Hampton, York Beach or Rye Beach, we get to you with prompt, personal fuel delivery and equipment service.

Neighborliness. We keep our phones staffed 24/7 so we’re always here for our customers. When you call P. Gagnon & Son, you get a neighbor from right here in the Seacoast Region, not some call center in another time zone. Our customers get 24/7 no-heat and fuel runout services.

Your home’s safety and comfort are too important to leave in the hands of some big, indifferent national company or a fly-by-night discounter. Become a P. Gagnon & Son customer and get the best fuel and HVAC service in the Seacoast Region!

These troubleshoots may solve the problem!

air conditioning service maineWe’ve had a hot summer here in the Seacoast Region, and your home’s air conditioning system has been getting a workout but not getting much of a break as you need it to keep your home cool and comfortable.

But if you’re noticing that your central air conditioning is running, but your home isn’t getting cool, that’s a problem. Before you contact P. Gagnon & Son to request a service call, do some detective work because there may be a simple explanation for the problem that you can solve yourself and save money!

We’ve put together four troubleshoots you can do. Remember, if you’re not sure about anything, don’t hesitate to contact us.

  1. Make sure your thermostat is properly set to “cool” or “air conditioning.” 
  2. Go around your home to see if vents are blocked by furniture, curtains, or other obstructions. 
  3. Head outdoors and inspect your outdoor unit (the condenser) to see if the fan is running. If it isn’t: 
    • Check for a power switch. 
    • Check circuit breakers. 
    • TURN OFF THE POWER, then check for debris inside the condenser  
    • Check the indoor unit. 
    • Make sure all power switches for the air conditioning system are on 
  4. Inspect the air filters and clean or replace clogged ones according to manufacturer’s instructions 

Troubleshooting the a/c didn’t work: Now what?

While examining your air conditioning system indoors and out, you may notice something that suggests to the source of the problem that the troubleshoots couldn’t fix. P. Gagnon & Son offers skilled, experienced HVAC service technicians that can assist you in resolving these difficulties. Get in touch with us to schedule a service visit, and we’ll be there!

Refrigerant leak. If you hear a hissing or bubbling sound near the unit, and ice has built up on your refrigerant line, it’s likely that a refrigerant leak is to blame. If your air conditioning unit is older and uses R-22 refrigerant, it’s time to replace it. R-22 can no longer be produced in or imported to the United States, thus the price for it is already beginning to rise dramatically and will continue to do so.

Ductwork leak. The easiest approach to determine if this is the case is to walk through your house. Are there any rooms that aren’t cooling down while others are? You could also note an increase in your energy bills as a result of the A/C having to work harder to distribute cold air throughout your home because of duct leaks.

You can trust P. Gagnon & Son for expert air conditioning installation and service. Get in touch with us when your home’s A/C needs maintenance or repairs!